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the scope of this at this time. >> akiko, do you have any sense yet, do you have a sense yet since you're in tokyo, whether the aaftershocks have leveled off at this point or things beginning to calm down? calm is a weird phrase at these hours with you, but has it settled down a little bit? are you still feeling the shaking you felt hours ago? >> reporter: they've definitely gotten weaker. i can tell you that. we're still feeling some right for you. we have gotten quite a few aftershakes, but -- aftershocks but they have gotten weaker. one thing i want to point out as you talk about those image as, japan is a country that is relatively well prepared for earthquakes. so, the iimages you're seeing s to the magnitude of the quake we felt earlier today. you know, this is a country that has, you know, plenty of earthquake drills. we feel earthquakes out here all the time. nothing like we felt earlier today in a long time. >> were people heeding those evacuation warning in tokyo? did you see people exiting all those buildings in that densely populated area? >> reporter: know, it's tough to s
the subsequent tsunami in the country of japan. joining us is abc reporter akiko fujita, joining us from tokyo felt the earthquake from the bureau. can you give us the latest? >> reporter: we know it was an 8.8 earthquake hit off the northeastern coast of japan, about a few hours north of where we are in tokyo by bullet train. we definitely felt it out here in the abc bureau in tokyo. you know, we felt some swaying in the beginning and it got stronger and stronger and lasted quite a long time. we know right now it has triggered a 13-foot tsunami. we are looking at incredible video coming in from nhk, the public broadcaster out here. homes have been swept away by these waves. you know, you can imagine with these images just how bad the damage will be once that water recedes. >> we're also seeing a lot of flames. from your vantage point at that abc building there, are you seeing any fires? >> reporter: we are not seeing any from our vantage point but we have been watching all the footage coming through japanese media reports. nhk has not confirmed at least these are a direct result of the quake.
. abc's akiko fujita joins us from narita, japan. so, how are the japanese people dealing with news of the leak? >> reporter: what we're seeing out in the stores is any indication, not dealing with it very well. we've heard of panic buying, even in tokyo, which you just heard is 170 miles south of the reactor. we have heard reports of stores being sold out of radios, flashlights, candles, fuel cans. essentially any emergency materials. we've also heard of grocery stores, their shelves being cleared. keep in mind that food and water was already in short supply immediately after the quake hit. people went out to the stores to stock up. now, with reports of the explosion today, people are adding to that panic. >> and, akiko, considering that the wind is blowing from the plant in your direction, meaning towards tokyo, how concerned are officials there about all this radiation spreading? >> reporter: well, you know, officials are trying to walk that fine line between showing a calm face and also monitoring it very closely. i mean, clearly, they are concerned. we have seen several press c
buildings in tokyo, hundreds of miles away. akiko fujita joins us from tokyo this morning. akiko, what is the latest? >> reporter: we are getting new numbers. we now know there are 18 people confirmed dead. that's from our partner out here, nhk. 18 people confirmed dead. and 60 people injured in tokyo alone. keep in mind that tokyo is hours away from the epicenter. 60 people injured in tokyo. we're not getting numbers out of northern japan where the epicenter was. but the numbers expected to be much larger there. 44 fires recorded in 6 prefectures in japan. and the images, just incredible. we just saw, as we were tracking our partner, nhk, out here, video out of sendai airport. that's a major city near the epicenter. the waves, water, just flooded out there. and tsunami warnings in effect throughout that region. >> akiko, in addition to being our abc correspondent. you lived through this earthquake. you were there at work. this happened in the middle of a work day, on friday afternoon. hitting at 2:36 on friday afternoon. tell us as a firsthand account of living through it what happene
schmidt, in washington this morning. thank you. >>> let's turn, now, to abc's akiko fujita in osaka. if workers can restore electricity, that could help the cooling process. and we want to know, are they closer to doing that? >> reporter: they have been working around the clock. japanese officials hopes of easing the crisis earlier today, thursday, when they said they may be close to bringing power back to the plant. and restore the reactors' cooling system. electric power would supply the pump. and that would make it easier for workers to control the high temperatures that may have led to the partial meltdown. we've been monitoring all of the developments here. out in osaka, we've seen, they've completed the aerial water drops. we saw helicopters earlier spraying the reactors with sea water from the air, to cool them down. now, we're hearing crews on the ground are beginning to spray the same reactors. we'll see if those efforts help to bring these things under control. >> akiko, what about the people inside that bubble? the so-called exclusion zone, within just miles of the plant?
residents are at evacuations centers the in the city, fukushima. we're joined, now, by akiko fujima at one of those centers. akiko, what would you say is the most desperate need at this point? >> reporter: well, you know, i have to say, it's water, food, then gas. it's those three things. you see long lines of people outside the gas stations. you know, they're lining up for something that, essentially, these gas stations cannot offer. we've seen signs of, we're sold out, all along the roads. and for water, people are waiting two, three hours, with their, you know, gallons in hand, just so they can take that home. the mood out here, of course, as you mentioned, because of that explosion again, a little unsettling. but it is pretty amazing to see just how resilient the japanese people are. they are just trying to carry on here. trying to stay strong out here at the evacuation center. >> and, akiko, we've heard about possible radiation leaks from the nuclear plants. and we hear the reassurances coming from the powers that be, that the general population should not worry about radiation exposu
to get to these people out here. >> we're hearing that too. thank you so much. abc's akiko few he. >>> help from the u.s. is arriving in the quake zone. urban search and rescue teams from fairfax, virginia, and los angeles are joining rescuers from japan and other countries. highly drained dogs are able to detect live victims who might be buried in the debris. the teams land the at a u.s. air base about 150 miles north of sendai. >>> the nuclear fears from this crisis in japan are only raising concerns here in the u.s. what if such a disaster ever hit us here at home? david kerley has more on that. >> reporter: japan had never declared a nuclear emergency. it is dealing with six runaway reactors. two in dire shape. >> two reactors now where we have core that is partially melted. this is unprecedented. >> reporter: the good news, inside those buildings, the hot nuclear cores and their primary containment housings are said to be intact. but with no electricity, the japanese are reportedly using firetrucks, taking the drastic step of pumping sea water into the cores and flooding the
'm working on. i'm an ibmer. >>> akiko fujita is stationed in tokyo, there when the quake hit. joins us now. i'm curious, earthquakes are nothing novel in that country. so did you know this one was different the minute it started? >> well, bill, i can tell you, it has just been a frightening 24 hours out here. i was actually sitting inside the tokyo bureau on the seventh floor when i started to feel some shaking just before 3:00 yesterday. we are used to earthquakes out here so you feel shaking and you don't think much of it. but this one got stronger and stronger. as it went on. it lasted at least five minutes. i remember thinking i was under the desk and then i was looking up at the shelves, with the tapes falling down. concerned that the shelves would come down. definitely knew this wasn't just any quake. >> it sounds like the days after 9/11, communities coming together in the midst of that tragedy. are people trying to get back in their normal routines or is it still a state of shock there? >> reporter: as you can hear, the background, you hear sirens pretty often. that gives you a sen
to avoid radiation sickness. akiko fujita is joining us from narita. akiko, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, rob. this is a country that's been on edge since the massive quake hit last friday. word of yet another explosion at the fukushima daiichi power station took those concerns to a whole other level. the latest explosion occurred at the second reactor at 6:00 this morning and sparked immediate concerns because that reactor out of all three was the most seriously damaged. now, while crews have been working around the clock to cool the reactor with sea water, efforts failed this time. the explosion damaged the steel containment structure. emergency workers were withdrawn from the plant and people within that 12-mile radius were told to evacuate immediately. the prime minister in a nationally televised address went as far to tell those just outside of that evacuation zone to stay indoors and continue to monitor radiation levels. those levels have increased. but officials are quick to point out they're only at dangerous levels in areas that are within close
to the nuclear threat. >> and as we've heard, the disaster is hitting the economy very, very hard there. akiko fujita is joining us now from an evacuation center in fukushima. akiko, we've heard about the economic toll this earthquake is having already. what is being done today in all of this? >> reporter: well, you're right, you know, shocks from the quake has extended to the markets. japan's benchmark nikkei fell 6.3% in the first session since the quake hit. that prompted the central bank to line up a record $183 billion in funds to stabilize the banking system. when you look at the numbers, the economic toll, it really is just frightening. the insurance cost of the quake alone expected to reach $35 billion. we have heard companies like sony, toyota, panasonic shuttering production lines. you can imagine, rob, just how far along we'll feel the effects on the economy out here. >> and also, akiko, we understand you're at an evacuation center. how serious is the radiation threat there, especially after the explosion at the nuclear plant. we've heard about iodine tablets being administered. wha
n n n n n n n n n n n n >>> akiko fujita is abc news' correspondent. she is north of the capital city. and joins us now on the really disturbing developments involving that possible nuclear meltdown and the deadly release of radiation. how are people responding to this news there? >> reporter: this is the big unknown that people out here have feared since yesterday, when the big quake hit. partially melting. and evacuations in that area have been standard for six miles. now, we knew when the quake hit there was a nuclear reactor nearby. and we were told that evacuations were a precaution. but what we heard today, was -- the people who live out here near the epicenter. the japanese have been monitoring this by the hour. we headed north toward the epicenter. but we're mindful of wanting to be cautious before we headed any further. the question now is is the situation getting better or worse? the water levels are declining, which is bad news. but the pressure is decreasing. that's the good news. and radiation events according to experts, won't be at a level d
. >> that's right. abc akiko fujita is now in japan. akiko, we want to know what you're hearing there from that location about the nuclear crisis and also if the residents that you've come in contact with actually trust what the government is telling them. >> reporter: well, what we're hearing is that there was, indeed, a third explosion. from this time the reactor number two. at 6:00 this morning. you know, it sparked immediate concerns. we have heard of those other two explosions but this reactor was the one most severely damaged. and the crews had been working around the clock to try and cool it down with seawater but those efforts failed this time and that's why the explosion damaged the steel containment structure. government officials evacuating emergency workers out of that area right away. and just urging people, anybody that is left within that 12-mile radius to just get out. now, we got a sense of just how urgent the situation was when we heard the prime minister speak in a nationally televised address earlier today. he went as far to tell people who were outsid
about radiation in tokyo. >> that's after some new test results there on tap water. abc's akiko fujita is live for us in northern japan. hi, akiko. >> reporter: good morning to you. the news out of japan has not been all too promising on the nuclear front today. we've just learned from tokyo water bureau officials that they have found levels of radioactive iodine in some city tap water. and those measured two times the recommended limit for infants. officials say the water is not an immediate health risk to adults but they have asked parents to stop giving their babies tap water. now, that adds to the list of products that have been effected by radiation leaks. vegetables, including broccoli and spinach, raw milk, even sea water have all been tainted. this came on a day when a spike in radiation levels forced workers to pull out of reactor number two at fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. they have been working to restore there -- restore the power there and stabilize the plant. the setback really shows the challenges workers are up against nearly two weeks into this crisis. in areas deva
akiko fujita abc news tokyo. >> i'm sure they can use the distraction. that's what's making news in >>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> straight ahead key developments from the crisis in libya. nato takes over control of airstrikes and the commander in chief send the cia. good morning, i am alison starling. >> i am pamela brown. we will check in with lisa baden in a moment. first, meteorologist adam caskey. >> it is a damp, cold morning. anticipate a few areas of rain across the region for opening day at national park. it's going to be wet on the seats. active rain showers right now are isolated over the bay and on the eastern shore. numerous reports of fog and drizzle. some reduced visibility. temperatures in the mid to upper 30's. high temperatures in the mid to upper 40's. the average high is 51 degrees. a little warmer tomorrow. i anticipate some areas of isolated rainshowers this afternoon and into early tomorrow morning. clearing out by late saturday despite the chance of the morning shower. warming up pushing 60 degrees especially by su
, stopped trains, idle taxis. and abc's akiko fujita is in tokyo, trying to make her way north to the hardest-hit areas. we saw complete paralysis in the city of tokyo. we're talking about 13 million people, 30 million if you are talking greater tokyo. give me a sense of the subways and earlier what it was on the road. >> reporter: well, diane, this is a city that is just in gridlock. i'm going to step out of the way so you can see the traffic still out on the road. these are all cars that are headed east to the coast and keep in mind, it's still very early on a saturday morning. train lines still shut down. there, we saw people who, some people had to sleep outside. many of these people who work here actually commute in from outside and so last night when those train lines shut down, people were just stranded. we saw an incredible scene actually, at a bank, around 2:00 in the morning, there were people sleeping inside. banks had opened up their doors to people who were stranded in tokyo, had nowhere else to go. >> what's the most memorable thing you've seen around town? what y
officials there are willing to acknowledge. akiko fujita is live in osaka with the latest. akiko? >> reporter: good morning to you. as you mentioned, the u.s. state department has urged residents who live here in japan and also especially those who live within 50 miles of the fukushima daiichi plant to evacuate. those who cannot are being asked to seek shelter indoors. we have learned that president obama has authorized the first evacuations of americans out of japan. the state department providing charter flights to help u.s. citizens wishing to escape elevated radiation levels in the country. news that illustrates just how dire the situation at the nuclear plant has become. we're getting such conflicting reports on the situation up north. it is difficult even for teams on the ground to get a firm grasp of exactly what is going on. we know this is a fluid situation that is changing by the hour, but we do know the u.s.'s top nuclear official told congress which cools spent fuel rods at the nuclear complex lost most of its water and setting up the plant for a dire situation. now,
are sharing their pain. akiko fujita, abc news, japan. >>> and the fbi is now involved in the search for amying girl in connecticut. 12-year-old isabella oleschuk was reported missing by her parents on sunday morning. she is partially deaf. searchers have been fanning out by her home for fear she might not hear her name being called. several sightings but so far nothing. >>> you guys won't believe this story. a 92-year-old woman in florida is at the center of a very serious but admittedly bizarre story. when she didn't get what she wanted from her next door neighbor on money, helen got so angry, she opened fire. wait until you hear what she wanted. melly holt from wftv reports. >> reporter: 92-year-old helen wanted a kiss and when she didn't get one from 53-year-old neighbor dwight bettener monday afternoon, marion county deputies say she got angry. >> there's three holes here in the wall and one hole in the window. and then, of course, one in my car. >> reporter: he told us his home was hit by a barrage of bullets shortly after he finished a conversation with his elderly next door n
crisis is causing some new scares this morning. abc's akiko fujita is just outside osaka to bring us up to date. >> reporter: good morning. we are getting some good news on the nuclear front. the efts to avert a meltdown at fukushima daiichi plant. tepco officials say water-praying operation to cool down the reactors appear to be working. earlier in the day they said radiation levels had been gradually dropping for reactors three and four, along with the temperature readings for the water and we heard from the deputy cabinet secretary yesterday who said officials are very close to getting this situation under control. those are his words. there are concerns, however, about food contamination. the government stopped shipments of spinach and raw milk from areas after the nuclear plant after tests found iodine exceeded limits considered safe. small traces also turned up in tokyo's tap water. but it is important to know that the government said the radiation levels were too small to pose any immediate health risk. now, concerns about contaminated food overshadowed briefly yesterday by a mir
and a death toll from the whole catastrophe that continues to rise. >> we go to abc's akiko fujita live in kamaishi, japan. >> reporter: good morning. we just learned power has been restored to reactors number three, four and five. and it is just the news japanese officials have been waiting for. that's key because that power will eventually get everything running in a way that cools down the reactors and adds cooling water to spent fuels that are leaking radiation. now, they've also been working on the replacement pumps. if that starts working, enough sea water is pumped into reactors and spent pool fuels, officials believe they could stabilize the plant. meaning, bring the temperatures back to a safe cooling place. they are expected to resume water-spraying operations later today as well. now, traces of radiation found in vegetables and water remain a concern and shipments of spinach and raw milk from the area surrounding the nuclear power plant have been stopped. the international atomic energy association says japan needs to do more to reassure the public about food. the government
to evacuate their homes because of a nuclear threat. akiko lived less than ten miles from the plant. nine months pregnant with a 2-year-old son, she left at the first sign of trouble there. "i didn't think it was safe" she says, "so i decided to leave early." she says she hopes she left in time to save her children. today marks one week since the quake and tsunami threw japan into crisis. this morning, across the country, people paused in silence to honor the victims, to reflect on a disaster that transformed their country, and their lives, forever. there are more than 450,000 refugees from the earthquake and tsunami, another 140,000 evacuees from around the nuclear power plant. now here they've got plenty of food and supplies and water, and critically it's warm. but at other refugee sites, conditions are much, much worse. betty? >> indeed. all right, charlie d'agata joining us live from niigata, japan, thank you. >>> so far, efforts to contain the radiation at the fukushima plant have failed. this morning, japan's nuclear power agency conceded that a chernobyl solution was a possibility.
has occurred. akiko fujita brings us the latest live from tokyo. good morning, akiko. what is the latest? >> reporter: good morning to you, rob. we are hearing the reactor vessel of reactor number three may have been breached. those developments coming to us from a press conference with japan's nuclear industrial safety agency. this is clearly troubling news because this raises the possibility that radiation from the reactor which combines uranium and plutonium, could be released. this all comes on a day when work resumed at fukushima daiichi plant just 24 hours after three workers suffered from radiation burns while attempting to replace a cable at one of the reactors. two remain in the hospital. the injures halted work at the plant yesterday but crews are back out at the plant, trying to cool the reactors. the death toll continues to rise from the quake and tsunami. we learned today from the japanese national police agency that more than 10,000 are now confirmed dead. more than 17,000 still missing. it has been two weeks since the quake hit and hope for any survivors is f
to stay connected. >> for three days 20-year-old exchange student akiko kosaka could only see pictures of her village destroyed by the tsunami. then the student found this video on you tube, amazingly showing her sister holding up a sign saying "we are all safe." she could barely belief it. >> i just wanted to hear their voice and see their face. >> tatsugi kosumi was studying for his finals at ucla when his parents in tokyo emailed him. >> they are ok, please do not worry. >> but kosumi has not been able to contact relatives in sendai because they do not have a computer. >> i haven't heard from them since the earthquake hit. >> for japanese students in the united states, facebook, at which timer and social media sites have become a lifeline as they try to find loved ones back home, not just the japanese. soon after the tsunami hit, these high school students in modesto, california, began skypeing and texting with students in japan. they had planned to visit next month as part of a student change program. >> i texted one of my japanese students and said is everything ok? and he said, y
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%, partly because of reports that operators might be getting the upper hand on the akiko fukushima power plant. toyota, honda and nissan also posting gains. assembly lines expected to speed up after being halted by the quake. a texas man in good condition after undergoing the nation's first full face transplant. the 15-hour operation done in a boston hospital last week. 25-year-old dallas weans lost his face after a powerline accident. his new, nose, muscle, skin and nerves paid for by the military, which wants to know how to help soldiers suffering from severe facial wounds. back to "on the record." [no audio] . >> right now, radiation levels 12 miles from akiko fukushima plant were recovered at 1,600 times higher than normal. according to the tiiorityo news agency, setting the atomic energy agency. this comes after smoke rose from two nuclear reactors. thousands are dead and missing and hundreds of thousands are homeless in a massive nuclear crisis. what is happening there right now? we go to osack, japan. greg? >> reporter: smoke from two reactors, halting all work on that complex, to
at number 4 nuclear reactor at akiko fukushima number 1 power plant. i am not sure what that means. does that mean anything to you? should we be alarmed that a fire is burning? >> it's really hard to say. my understanding was that only three of the nuclear reactors were in operation, the three that you have been talking about most of this evening. >> greta: all right. now let's turn to the united states. we just spoke to an expert who said we were talking about oregon/washington area. so how safe are our nuclear power plants in this country? >> well, clearly an accident of this magnitude is going to cause -- and should cause -- some rethinking all around the world. i would say that we need to do three things. first of all, we need to make sure that the probabilities of the various risks that we identify are analyzed properly. i think in this case, for example, one problem might have been that the risk of loss of primary cooling was assessed to be low because the odds of losing power, external power were relatively low and that that could ameliorated by a backup system. the problem is tha
sister in america we all survived. >> absolutely amazing. akiko is now trying to get word back to her family through the media and the internet to let them know that she got the message and knows that everyone's safe. she gave a cnn news crew this message in japanese hoping it will get through to her loved ones. i saw your video and thank you very much for being alive and thank you very much for being worried about me when you are in such a tough situation. akiko says she watched that video over and over again, despite her joy, she's worried that both of her grandparents in their 80s, concerned about their health. >>> the death toll in japan is rising, 4,000 people are dead and 8,000 still missing after the massive earthquake and tsunami. and possibilities of a radiation leak. tonight a nancy grace special report you don't want to miss. what can you do to help the victims? that's 8:00 eastern right here on hln. >>> and finally tonight, a mother is upset because a judge has removed her 3-year-old daughter from her custody. this just days after the woman's infant son died in his crib. t
another big jolt in japan. akiko fujita joins us live. >> reporter: magnitude 6.5 quake shook the miyagi area and set off tsunami warnings. take a look at the video from that quake. we got all that shaking. didn't cause any damage or injuries but it did rattle plenty of nerves in an area that has suffered enough devastation from the march 11th quake and tsunami. now, down in tokyo the power company operating the troubled fukushima nuclear plant said they now believe there is damage to fuel rods and-n reactor one, two and three. but they aren't characterizing that as a meltdown because they say there isn't enough evidence. tepco's credibility continues to take a hit out here. yesterday they announced that radiation levels inside the water in reactor two was 10 million times the norm. and then last night they called that data a mistake. outside tepco headquarters in tokyo more than 500 people rallied to protest the company's handling of this nuclear crisis and demonstrate against nuclear power. rob? >> unbelievable, akiko. so much misinformation there. we want to ask you about the medical
of that debris. >>> let's check in with abc's akiko fujita who is in japan. what is going on right now? >> we have amazing images. we just got word from our partner out here, public broadcaster, nhk, saying that 90 people, 90 people dead. the death toll up to 90. they're also reporting five dozen people missing. but the numbers sure to rise. it's 10:35 at night here. you can imagine, once the crews go out, once day breaks and goes out to reassess the damage, the numbers are expected to rise. the big concern right now is the nuclear power plant, which is in the city about 15 miles south of miyagi prefecture where the earthquake was. and in the cities surrounding tokyo, part of that 25,000 people, stuck at train stations. you can imagine there are millions of people that rely on that transportation system. you know, we are hours away from the epicenter. but the city of tokyo, surrounding area, just kind of in shock right now. >> akiko, were you able to get out at all since the earthquake? walk around and get a sense of how people are handling all this? what the mood is like in the city? >> we a
they are, finding that radiation. akiko fujita, thank you so much. >>> serious questions being asked in detroit now that more details are known about a potentially disastrous situation there. police removed a device from the city's federal building on friday. it turned out to be a bomb. here's the stunning part in all this. the the package was inside the building for three weeks. it had been carried inside by a security guard and left in a lost and found room. an x-ray revealed content. guards are getting more training now on security protocol. >>> in the middle east, israel has begun a series of air strikes aimed at hamas targets in gaza. this comes in response to a deadly bomb attack yesterday in jerusalem. one woman was killed and 20 others were injured when the blast went off at a busy bus stop. no group claimed responsibility for the bombing but israeli authorities blamed palestinian militants. >>> president obama is facing now new pressure from congress over the u.s. military's role in libya. >> republicans are now demanding specifics from the president about his goals in libya
at the damaged power plant t d a scare of their own. abc's akiko fujita is live north of tokyo. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, peggy. workers returned to fix those troubled nuclear reactors at fukushima daiichi plant today after they determined black smoke had stopped coming out of reactor three. you may recall that smoke prompted workers to evacuate the area yesterday. we still don't know exactly what caused that but we do know tokyo electric is back to trying to revive that cooling system at the third reactor to cool the reactor's core. that's important because overheating would cause the uranium to melt and further release radioactive material into the air. and until they can get that system wororng, it is back to spraying the reactor from the ground. we have just learned because radiation levels found inside tokyo tap water have dropped, the restriction on water cocoumption has been lifted. you'll remember yesterday we were talking about radioactive iodine found inside tokyo tap water was twice the level considered s se for infants. the good news is, levels have dropped
: for three days, 20-year-old exchange student akiko kosaka feared the worst for her family. online all she could see were pictures showing their fishing village destroyed by the tsunami. but then the university of california student found this video on youtube. amazingly showing her sister holding up a sign saying, we are all safe. she could barely believe it. >> i just want to hear their voice, and see their face. >> reporter: tatsuki was studying for his finals at ucla when his parents in tokyo e-mailed him. >> we are all okay, so please do not worry. >> reporter: but he has not been able to contact elderly relatives in sendai because they don't have a computer. >> i haven't heard of them since earthquake hit. >> reporter: for japanese students here in the united states, facebook, twitter and other social media sites have become a lifeline as they desperately try to find loved ones back home. and it's not just the japanese. soon after the tsunami hit, these high school students in modesto, california, began skyping and texting with students in japan. they had planned to visit them next m
. our reporter akiko fujita is there. give us the latest, akiko? >> reporter: this say country in a state of shock. 200 confirmed deaths. that's the official toll. clearly a conservative number. you mentioned the reports with tens of thousands of people missing. we actually come to you from the bureau this is one safe spot, cell phone reception is out. internet service is spotty. all throughout japan. we have gotten reports of a passenger plane missing in in the coastal area, 200 to 300 bodies found on the northeastern coast. that's an estimation, but we're getting the number as they come in. >> of course, it's still the middle of the night in japan, the numbers are certain to climb as day breaks. what can you tell us now about the very dangerous situation with the nuclear reactor? >> reporter: that's right, it's 50 miles south of the epicenter in an area an area called fukushima. there's a huge concern out there right now. we should also say, you know, in the cities, it's really, one, train service has all but started up again. you imagine, in japan, there are millions who rel
being made. akiko fujita is joining us from osaka this morning. akiko? >> reporter: good morning to you, rob. well, japanese officials say they do not plan on resuming area operations of dropping seawater on reactors, but we know crews are spraying reactor three from the ground. that began just a short time ago. no word yet on how effective that has been so far, but it's one of many efforts in an all-out battle to save the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. high radiation levels prevented crews from spraying the water yesterday. they did, however, go in with helicopters to drop 30 tons of seawater. now, officials say that didn't do much to cool them down. they need the seawater to cool down the reactors, and they need water levels to go up to avert a meltdown. meantime, the evacuation of american citizens already under way. the first charter flight arranged by the u.s. embassy left friday morning. there is a bus on its way from sendai to tokyo right now, and many will also be taking those charter flights back to the u.s. it's the first wave of american citizens who will be making their wa
the earthquake hit. >> and, akiko, one of the factors of this story many people continue to worry about are the workers there around the plant, in the plant. what is the latest on them? >> reporter: well, we are learning more about the operation that's under way. we understand there's about 20 0 to 300 workers involved in this last-ditch effort. they're rotating about 50 workers at a time. we know they're sleeping in a small living room. they are running out of food. we have not learned their names. but we are learning more about them based on what their families are sharing with the public. some of them taking to -- going to twitter to talk about their family members, saying that one girl said that her father, how proud she is of him. another one saying she got an e-mail from her husband saying he won't be able to come home for a while. just a heartbreaking story playing out there as these men try to save that nuclear plant. >> very, very heartbreaking as you think about that situation. akiko fujita, thank you so much. >>> president obama insists the radiation set to reach the west coa
. this comes as workers in akiko fukushima race to control leaks from the nuclear plant, crippled by an earthquake two weeks ago. they have restored some electricity there, but it could be days or weeks before water pumps are working again. and word from libya, at least two explosions heard in the capitol city of tripoli. the reuters news agency reports that the blasts were heard just before dun on wednesday. no word on the origin of the blasts. earlier libyan tv broadcasted that it claimed it was a live address by muammar al-qaddafi before supporters and tripoli. he vowed victory over the coalition forces pounding his nation. i'm ainsley earhardt. now back to greta. >> greta: the fight in wisconsin goes on and on. as you recall, last friday a judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the governor's new collective bargaining statute from going into effect. that did not make the governor and the republicans happy. now they are fighting back. filing an appeal yesterday. what happened today? senate majority leader scott fitzgerald joins us. the d.a. has filed a response.
the nuclear plant. having survived the earthquake and tsunami, they were able to evacuate their homes. akiko cyto, 9 months pregnant with a 2-year-old son, she left at the first sign there. >> i didn't think it was safe, she says. so i decided to leave early. she said she hopes she left in time to save her children. >>> today marks one week since the quake and tsunami threw japan into crisis. this morning, across the country, people paused in silence to honor the victims and reflect on a disaster that transformed their country and their lives forever. in nia gatta ja -- niigata japan, charlie d'agata, wjz eyewitness news. >> official says there are still more than 10,000 people missing. >>> tonight, baltimore city police are saying you can help them catch two killers on the loose. mary is live in the newsroom. >> reporter: police continue to look for suspects behind a double shooting in west baltimore. it happened last night. one man was killed, another wounded when two men opened fire on pennsylvania and fulton avenues. the second victim suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. in addition to
. you are looking at the latest video from akiko fukushima, the scene of the crippled nuclear power plant. there is white smoke, as you can see, pouring out of that complex t. might be steam from one of the reactors. the plant has four reactors. these images reveal extensive damage to at least two of them. we have this new video from mitto. as you can see, aftershocks continuing to rattle japan days after the initial 9.0 magnitude quake. the latest tremor hit northeast japan a couple of hours ago with a magnitude of 6. adding to the problem, freezing weather, nearly half a million tsunamiy and quake survivors in emergency shelters, battling hypothermia and risking numoania. now back to greta. thanks for watching fox. >> greta: this is a fox news alert. all workers are evacuated from japan's crippled fukushima kwhrer -- nuclear power plant. you just heard from japan's chief secretary minutes ago who said, all the workers have suspended their operations. we have urged them to evacuate and they have. what happens now and what does this mean? our next guest knows how to deal with a nucl
friday from unit 2 at the akiko fukushima nuclear plant. so far, no word on a cause. earlier this week, a damage to the unit may have damaged a core. the number of dead and missing from last week's massive earthquake and tsunami is topping 16,000. and the king of saudi arabia set to announce measures to head off protests intests in the oil-rich kingdom, diplomats saying that the king will make a rare speech, introducing an anti-corruption drive and introducing food subsidies. saudi leaders are worried that several small protests could lead to bigger demonstrations, with the unrest in the arab world. -- >> greta: the house votes to ban federal funds from going to national public radio. it prohibits local public stayses from using federal money to pay npr dues and buy its programs. now it heads over to the senate. critics say the resolution could hurt small public stations the white house says it thens rural communities that rely on news for safety information. conservative activist james o'keefe released a hidden camera video of a executive bashing the tea party. right after that npr's
continues -- work continues to try to cool the overheated fuel rods at the akiko fukushima power plant. earlier, military helicopters drop the water over two crippled reactors. it remains unclear if it had any effect. operators are expected to try again later. there is word that the u.s. is preparing to take a camera-drone over the plant, to get a better look at extent of the damage inside those reactors. at the same time, the u.s. state department is gearing up to help americans exit japan on board chartered aircraft and mers are warned to stay 50 miles from the power plant, not the 20-mile perimeter recommended by the japanese government. now back to "on the record." >> greta: jobs jobs, we need them desperately. how are we going to get them? eric cantor and other republicans hosted a forum on job creation today in washington, d.c.. they invited business leaders to hair their ideas. we sat down with the house majority leader. nice to see you. you had a forum today on jobs. >> it was an opportunity for us to begin to demonstrate we are changing the culture here in washington. for too
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